Tuesday, December 12, 2017
News Roundup

The Morning Watch: Tampa Bay's housing crash may be over — but is another one coming?

Here's what's going on around the bay area this morning.

A NEIGHBORHOOD RAVAGED BY THE HOUSING CRASH MAKES ITS WAY BACK — BUT COULD IT HAPPEN AGAIN?

During the boom years of the early 2000s, the dream of home ownership lured hundreds of buyers to a new community called Kings Lake. For less than $135,000, they could get a two-story house with four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. They could get mortgages with little or nothing down. No worry — prices were quickly heading up, doubling in a couple of years. Until the market crashed.

FORECAST: WARM, CLOUDY, AND SLIGHTLY INCREASED RAIN CHANCES THIS WEEKEND IN TAMPA BAY

Clouds will begin to build on Friday as rain chances will creep up slightly across the Tampa Bay area later this weekend.

BODY OF MAN WHO HAD BEEN SHOT FOUND IN CAR AT ST. PETERSBURG APARTMENT COMPLEX

The St. Petersburg Police Department is conducting an investigation after the body of a man who had been shot was found in a car early this morning at Disston Place Apartments, 3940 55th St. N.

JIHADI DRONES FUEL INTEREST IN COUNTERMEASURES BY MILITARY, CIVILIAN INTERESTS

From the skies over Syria and Iraq to crowded stadiums in the United States, small, relatively inexpensive drones are presenting a challenging new security threat. But separating the threatening devices from the innocent ones also presents an opportunity for companies offering technology to counter the diminutive, unmanned aircraft. Drone jitters "are going to make our sales pitch easier, or at least garner more interest," said Jon Bayless, a retired Navy rear admiral from Tampa. Bayless represents California-based CSP Strategies, which sells a system that enables users to scan for drones then take over their controlling signals if they enter a designated airspace.

EVERYONE WATCHES LIVE CONCERTS THROUGH CELL PHONES. CAN IT BE STOPPED?

The overuse of cell phones to capture grainy, blurry photos and videos at concerts has for years vexed and enraged artists like Jack White, Alicia Keys and Mumford and Sons. If you raise your phone at Sunday's Amy Schumer concert at Amalie Arena, expect an usher to wave it back down. It's irreversibly altered the way we experience live music, and short of drastic measures — which could, in fact, be coming — it appears there's no going back.

WHAT TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO THIS WEEKEND

Some ideas: 'The Walking Dead' marathon, Election College podcast.


CHARLIE KAIJO | Times

Cailin Cannella, 13, puts on her swim cap at the Academy of the Holy Names pool in Tampa on Oct. 12, 2016.

POOL PROMISE MOTIVATES HOLY NAMES SWIMMER AFTER CANCER DIAGNOSIS

Academy of Holy Names swimmer Cailin Cannella is so good that she was among the favorites to place at this year's Class 2A state meet in the 100-yard breaststroke as a seventh-grader, against high school swimmers much older. But those ambitions are on hold. Now Cannella sits in the stands at practices and meets, unable to compete. She is battling a more formidable opponent.


MONICA HERNDON | Times

Miami Hurricanes defensive back Rayshawn Jenkins (26) celebrates during the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles Saturday October 8, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

THIS WEEKEND IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE STATE IN A SNAP

The aftermath of last week's Hurricanes-Seminoles game will be felt this week thanks to first-half suspensions and bruised bodies. Can they avoid a letdown? And what's in store for USF?

THE NATION IN A SNAP

There are some new dark horse teams in the College Football Playoff picture. Get ready to hear the case made for Boise State, Western Michigan and Navy.

BIG 12 EXPANSION MEETING LOOMS; GREENER PASTURES AHEAD FOR USF?

The Big 12, swimming in television money, represents a beacon of hope for Power Five aspirants everywhere. On Monday, the conference's presidents meet in Irving, Texas. At that point, they very well might vote to adopt two or four of these desperate souls into their life of privilege. Then again, they might not.

VIEWING GUIDE: TOP 25 MATCHUPS ABOUND

Expect lots of points when No. 20 West Virginia travels to Texas Tech to face the nation's top passer, Patrick Mahomes, at noon. But things start to get really good at 3:30 p.m.

WEEK 7 HEISMAN AND RECORD WATCHES

Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is back in the Heisman conversation, at least, by averaging 261 total yards over the last three games.

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Prosecutors likely to decide by Jan. 25 on death penalty in Seminole Heights murders

Prosecutors likely to decide by Jan. 25 on death penalty in Seminole Heights murders

TAMPA — Prosecutors will likely know before the end of January whether they will seek the death penalty for the man accused in the four Seminole Heights murders.A judge set the next court appearance for Howell Emanuel Donaldson as Jan. 25 and asked p...
Updated: 11 minutes ago
Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp accused of harassment; NFL Network suspends three analysts over sexual assault allegations

Warren Sapp, a former Buc and Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been accused of sexual harassment while a working as an analyst with NFL Network, according to a lawsuit.NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor "pend...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Tampa Bay’s mortgage delinquency rate crept up in December

Tampa Bay’s mortgage delinquency rate crept up in December

Times Staff WriterThe percentage of Tampa Bay homeowners who are late on their mortgage payments rose slightly in September, probably due to Hurricane Irma. According to CoreLogic, 7 percent of bay area mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days c...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Fire at Tampa townhome complex caused by faulty air-conditioner unit

Fire at Tampa townhome complex caused by faulty air-conditioner unit

TAMPA — A malfunctioning air conditioning unit sparked the fire that damaged several homes at the Brookshire Townhomes on Monday, authorities said.Investigators concluded the fire started on the back patio of unit B103 when the power supply of a cond...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Rick and Tom podcast: Piling on Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

Rick and Tom podcast: Piling on Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter

Is there a rift between Jameis Winston and Dirk Koetter as the 4-9 Bucs are eliminated from the playoffs for a 10th straight season?In their latest podcast, Rick Stroud and Tom Jones discuss what impact this has going forward for the Bucs and whether...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

Tyre McCants, USF’s brawny bruiser of a receiver

TAMPA — Having spent 11 games watching Tyre McCants in the flesh — all 236 pounds of it — USF coach Charlie Strong seems convinced his team’s leading receiver down the stretch could be someone’s leading rusher down the road."I think he can do a whole...
Updated: 1 hour ago
MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

MLB ump Dale Scott retires rather than risk more concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA — As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all. Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58. "I’m done," he told T...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Space heater likely cause of early-morning home fire in Valrico

Space heater likely cause of early-morning home fire in Valrico

VALRICO — A space heater is believed to be the cause of a home fire in Valrico on Tuesday morning.It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the fire in a mobile home on Pierce Christie Drive, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.The ca...
Updated: 3 hours ago
French group to take over Westfield malls for $15.7 billion

French group to take over Westfield malls for $15.7 billion

PARIS — French real estate company Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy Australia-based shopping mall operator Westfield Corporation for $15.7 billion in cash and shares.The companies would together have 104 shopping centers in 13 countries that bring i...
Updated: 3 hours ago
The Daystarter: Find out Politifact’s 2017 Lie of the Year; Alabama voters go to the polls; arraignment for accused Seminole Heights killer; Yankees may hasten Rays’ dismantling

The Daystarter: Find out Politifact’s 2017 Lie of the Year; Alabama voters go to the polls; arraignment for accused Seminole Heights killer; Yankees may hasten Rays’ dismantling

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.10News WTSPThe latest 7-day forecast• Low temperatures continue this morning but it’ll be pretty nice by the afternoon. It’ll be in the high 40s overnight and then start to rea...
Updated: 4 hours ago